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Sedum 'Autumn Fire'

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sedum (SEE-dum) (Info)
Cultivar: Autumn Fire


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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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7 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive weedsfree On May 15, 2011, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mine are easy to tell apart from 'Autumn Joy'. 'Autumn Joy' has plain green leaves. 'Autumn Fire' leaves are much darker with a purple or brown edging. No extra care or water is needed for these plants, if I didn't want to. I water once every week and a half to two weeks in the summer, if we haven't had rainfall. Forms a large clump quickly from divisions.

Positive jpgreen On Feb 3, 2011, jpgreen from Roswell, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

Much more heat tolerant than 'Autumn Joy'

Positive CreativeCountry On Sep 7, 2010, CreativeCountry from Petersburg, IN wrote:

This is my first year growing it, but I am very impressed so far. The blooms are 5 or more inches across is very flat heads and very well shaped and tight. It is a beautiful shade oe pink, brighter and deeper than autumn joy, I think this will be a must have for tough, dependable year end color. I love sedums.

Positive montsho On Apr 24, 2009, montsho from Tracy, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have this plant and Autumn Joy. They are very similar and hard to tell apart until they bloom. AF has darker pink flowers and does not flop at all. AJ has light pink flowers and will flop if not cut back in the Spring.

Positive BlackDogKurt On Sep 6, 2008, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

Beautiful plant that looks great even when it is green all summer, sorta like a giant broccoli. Blooms here starting in mid-September, with pinkish to brick red blooms. Mine grow very upright, stout, and have never needed staking. Very strong grower that needs little special care.

Neutral ladyannne On Apr 22, 2007, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

We bought this recently, it was marked as Sedum spectabilis 'Autumn Fire'. Can't wait for it to bloom!

Positive prgardener On Aug 1, 2005, prgardener from Park Ridge, IL wrote:

No problems growing this in the Chicago area, beautiful fall display and nice shape & color in summer - mine gets REALLY big though (up to 3') & needs support - was wondering if I could trim it to keep it smaller (dividing this year didn't help - the 'new' baby is already 2').

Neutral BUFFY690 On May 3, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have a very small cutting I am growing for next year. I plan to add it to a planting bed I am adding around our mail box. To which I am also adding a clematis and a creepy phlox. I am hoping these will shade the roots of the clematis and let the thrive together.
May 2005

Positive berrygirl On Jan 16, 2005, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew this for the first time two years ago in a bed along with 'Autumn Joy' sedum. To be frankly honest I could tell no huge difference between the two. In fact my DH could not tell them apart.
This plant is absolutely maintenance free and does very well in our hot dry summers here in Ga. Bothered by no pests that I observed. Grows and multiplies very rapidly. It is even pretty in the spring and summer before it turns red. Everyone remarks that it looks like broccoli plants in its green stage.
Stunning in the fall. I love this plant and would recommend these types of sedums to anyone.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Bootjack, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Elk Grove, California
Merced, California
San Leandro, California
New Milford, Connecticut
Seymour, Connecticut
Braselton, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Hinsdale, Illinois
Park Ridge, Illinois
Spring Grove, Illinois
Urbana, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Petersburg, Indiana
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Sioux City, Iowa
Olathe, Kansas
Princeton, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
New Iberia, Louisiana
Commerce Township, Michigan
Madison Heights, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Richland, Michigan
Maryville, Missouri
Kearney, Nebraska
Roswell, New Mexico
Croton On Hudson, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Delta, Ohio
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Elgin, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Piedmont, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Pocahontas, Tennessee
Stafford, Virginia
Warrenton, Virginia
Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Moxee, Washington
North Sultan, Washington
Beverly, West Virginia
Weston, West Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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